Make a Nomination

awards columnHere’s your chance to nominate West Virginia high school students and educators who excel in career readiness fields, technical education, and STEM classes that focus on manufacturing careers.

Prize Packages for the Emerging Elite and the Outstanding Industry Educator
Winners will receive a $500 award designated for scholarships, certification fees, specialty equipment, or classroom supplies. Each winner will also receive a commemorative wood plaque and a West Virginia Maker gift basket featuring some of the state’s best produced items.


Who can nominate:

Educators | Students | Community Members

Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Nomination Requirements:

  • West Virginia high school student
  • Must be engaged in career readiness courses that apply to the manufacturing industry 
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 

Outstanding Industry Educator Nomination Requirements:

  • Middle and high school educators must be active in the West Virginia school system for the school year they are nominated.
  • Instruction in career readiness fields, technical education, and STEM classes that focus on manufacturing careers.

Nominations close at midnight on January 11, 2023.

The Emerging Elite in Manufacturing and Outstanding Industry Educator Awards Announcements will kick off on April 18, 2022. Keep updated on what's happening by following us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Upcoming Dates

1 Dec
Explore Academy - Elkins
Date 12.01.2022
2 Dec
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WVMAEF Executive Committee Meeting - Virtual
12.20.2022 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
21 Mar
WVMAEF Executive Committee Meeting - Virtual
03.21.2023 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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